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Meet Yun Gunna: The Viral Robin Hood Taking Over Instagram

There is a viral video spreading like wildfire across Instagram right now. In the video, an unknown person pulls up…

There is a viral video spreading like wildfire across Instagram right now. In the video, an unknown person pulls up to a school an proceeds to throw out stacks of cash to a crowd of children. As the blue faces fly out, the car is instantly surrounded by screaming kids. Like Robin Hood, the mysterious figure is giving back to the children similar to the legendary story tales.

In real-time, the gesture went viral, through word of mouth, and was later posted by the Instagram account belonging to Yun Gunna of Inland Empire. Real money, real kids, who also kept the money, led to thousands of intrigued Instagram users following the account.

Shown below, the now-infamous post from the artist’s point-of-view and the fan’s point-of-view.
https://www.instagram.com/p/B27pLEWADM1/

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2fePQeg3UY/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

To date, the video has gone viral, accumulating over 19,000 views and growing. Kids all over the world have commented on the video with various statements, including, requests to come to their schools.

Who is Yun Gunna? A Riverside-based rapper who created a buzzworthy sound with riot-starting rhymes, practical joking antics and energetic persona. A magnetic personality, Yun Gunna is quickly becoming one of the hottest new artists on the West Coast. Gunna’s biggest track to-date is the Black Mayo-produced, “Mean to Me” off his 2018 effort, Yun Glow Up.

On breakout tracks like “Check” and “Push Start”, Yun Gunna shows us a side of West Coast Hip Hop that has yet to be seen in reckless fun, high-energy, talented rhymes and his following displays the infectious impact he has on his Inland Empire surroundings. Stream the commercial hits now, and run through his complete catalog today via Soundcloud.

Music aside, if you are looking to just follow Yun Gunna and his viral antics on Instagram, simply click here. Kids, feel free to leave a comment of your school and see if Yun Gunna will surprise you with a pull up.

If you are looking for ransom I can tell you I don't have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.
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2nd Annual Milk and Cookies Music + Food Festival Re-Cap

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his past weekend was definitely one for the books! The highly anticipated 2nd Annual Milk and Cookies Music + Food…

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his past weekend was definitely one for the books! The highly anticipated 2nd Annual Milk and Cookies Music + Food Festival kicked off on April 7th at 787 Windsor in Atlanta. The event highlighted well-known locals along with some big names from the music industry. There were also tasty food and dessert trucks that served ticket holders all evening long.

The event started with ATL native, Dj Decoteau of Bae Worldwide; following Tim Gunter who both ripped the turntables as the venue began to fill up. Later, Summer Walker, the first female artist of LVRN, took to the stage to perform for her very first time. Energetic local talent Bosco, came out jumping as the crowd went wild. After her epic performance, I was able to steal a quick question from her. I asked how she’s feeling at this point in her music career. Bosco stated she’s feeling super inspired and excited for her career. She also talked to me about who in the music game influences her. It wasn’t a surprise when she dropped names such as Erykah Badu and Lauren Hill and of course loves her indie artists.

Sahbabii followed, tearing the stage down with their mega hit “Pull Up With Ah Stick” and “Purple Ape.” Their hype man brought out a life-size blunt that filled the sky with a purple haze that surely set the tone for the rest of the evening. When ATL native Xavier Omar hit the stage next, he started with a rendition of the infamous “Pokémon Go” track. He then brought out some major R&B vibes when he performed his hit “Blind Man” and his band was definitely one of a kind.

Around 7pm, the sun disappeared and chilling temperatures and rainfalls came as a surprise. However, none of that stopped the amazing Singer, Songwriter Alina Baraz when it was her time to shine. Her album The Color of You that debut just one day prior to the Milk and Cookies Music Festival was in perfect timing. She performed two songs from her album and some good throwbacks.

“I want my fans to know I love and thank them very much for all the support they have shown.”
—Alina Baraz

Hours before she took the stage, she held a private meet and greet with her fans that were in VIP. Right before her team shuffled her back to her trailer, I was able to grab a quick interview. I was curious where her inspiration came from for her new album; Baraz mentioned how she didn’t necessarily have a plan for the album, stating she would go into the studio and let her vibes do the writing. Her album is based off things that have happened from her past. I asked Baraz what is one thing she wants her fans to know; she said “I want my fans to know I love and thank them very much for all the support they have shown.”

The last to perform was none other than Tory Lanez. After just playing one song, his humble spirit wouldn’t allow him to continue performing on stage while the crowd stood in the rain. Lanez continued his set while jumping into the hands of his screaming fans and standing on speakers. He shut the stage down with songs from his 2nd album Memories Don’t Die which released March 2nd. He also reminisced with the crowd while performing hits “Luv” and “Say It.”

To go along with the great music vibes, there were mouth-watering treats and culture filled food trucks. The menus consisted of everything from funnel cakes and hibachi grills on wheels, to curry chicken and of course cookies and ice cream. There were also local graffiti artists in attendance that added their touch to the former steam-boiler manufacturing facility turned industrial art space which is now called 787 Windsor.

It’s safe to say that the 2nd Annual Milk and Cookies Music + Food Festival was a total hit! Despite the weather, everyone, including the artist truly enjoyed the entire event. I’m sure we’ll all be anticipating the 3rd year, as well.

Below, catch some shots of some of the artist who performed!

2nd Annual Milk and Cookies Music + Food Festival Re-Cap

2nd Annual Milk and Cookies Music + Food Festival Re-Cap

2nd Annual Milk and Cookies Music + Food Festival Re-Cap

2nd Annual Milk and Cookies Music + Food Festival Re-Cap

2nd Annual Milk and Cookies Music + Food Festival Re-Cap

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BOOMBOTIX x ODB – “Obey Me”

“Imagine how I felt, opening the email, pressing play and being the first person to hear this new ODB music;…

“Imagine how I felt, opening the email, pressing play and being the first person to hear this new ODB music; It was surreal”

– Mustafa Shaikh, Boombotix

Russell Jones, also known as Ol’ Dirty Bastard, was and wasn’t a lot of things. He wasn’t the most prolific writer. It has long been known that much of his break-out debut album had been written a few years earlier by both Method Man and GZA, but who cares. ODB wasn’t a Drake-esque figure. Nobody loved Dirty for what he said per say, but rather how he said it. In a see of urban figures that seemed to blend, A-son was an unmistakable and unforgettable character. He was charismatic (which is an understatement) and seemingly untameable. ODB was cut from a cloth that many rappers have tried and failed to imitate.

From crashing the Grammy’s after losing out to Puffy, indecent exposure, or cinematic time on the lamb when he unexpectedly turned up at a Wu-Tang concert, he clearly did not give too many fucks. And classic footage of him walking barefoot in Brooklyn and collecting food stamps with his family in a limo is also quite revealing of his mindstate in the mid-nineties. A more telling side, though, was seen when Dirty wasn’t, pardon my French, fucked up. Breaks in character, such as his classic unearthed interview below, reveal a man who loved his many children so much he damn near tears up while talking about them. His super downplayed MTV doc shortly before his death showed how much he loved and valued his family. It also revealed his insecurities about being in jail. Essentially, he was just a man – under all the bravado and antics.

His legacy continues to live on, in part because his fans, family, and his Wu-Tang brethren keep it alive. Most recently, RZA and the wireless speaker company Boombotix have released a limited edition speaker, which contains a brand new unreleased ODB joint called Obey Me. RZA officially signed on with the San Francisco-based startup last year, giving him an equity stake in the company and a hand in developing its line of rugged wireless speakers. They originally connected through one of the speaker brand’s investors, and RZA and Boombotix’s VP of Marketing, Mustafa Shaikh, conceptualized and released a limited edition Wu-Tang speaker with an unreleased Wu track at the top of the year – which understandably sold out in minutes.

This latest release came about when RZA mentioned to Mustafa that he may have some unreleased Dirty material laying around the basement on the Wu-Mansion. Just imagine having that conversation with RZA. Well, after a month of following-up, the Abbot went into the basement and unearthed some never-before-heard bars and sent them to Mustafa. “Imagine how I felt, opening the email, pressing play and being the first person to hear this new ODB music; It was surreal,” remarked Mustafa.

Mustafa tapped his friends at Fool’s Gold Records, and had Montreal-based producers Shash’u, and High Classified produce remixes to help package the new single, Obey Me, like an EP. “We’re acting almost like a record label,” remarked Mustafa. Truly, it’s the most innovative way to sell a speaker ever! He and his team have accentuated the release by holding an ODB week, which was marked by the release of the single, a video treatment and a super cool app that allows you to make your ODB food stamp card and share it online. The week is coming to a head with a party in NYC, which will feature good music, good people, and live art – which will depict ODB at various ages in front of birthday cakes.

ODB, always claim there was no father to his style. It’s well put, especially as we have a hard time finding a character who came pre-dated him that even comes close to acting as an influence. He’ll never be forgotten as long as real hip-hop still lives. This new single is just another notch on his legacy’s belt. It remains to be seen whether they will celebrate ODB week annually, but Mustafa notes that they do plan on releasing new music and collaborative projects in the future.

Rest in peace Ol’ Dirty [*DJ Premier Voice]


 

Couldn’t resist, made my own ODB food stamp card!

 

BOOMBOTIX x ODB – "Obey Me"

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The Fuel: A Conversation With Rapper Koncept

Fat Beats, aside from being the go-to new york record spot for legendary DJ’s in NYC during hip-hop’s golden age,…

Fat Beats, aside from being the go-to new york record spot for legendary DJ’s in NYC during hip-hop’s golden age, was also a congregation circle for underground emcees on the come up. In it’s last few years, though, the employees of the vinyl haven proved to be amongst its best-kept secret. The Audible Doctor, J57, Soul Khan, Koncept, DeeJay Element, E holla & DJ Goo formed the Brown Bag All-Stars, a collective that has amassed an impressive resume, both collectively and individually. As of recent, two of the members, producer J57 and Queens-bred spitter Koncept have formed a metaphorical Voltron, and doing some serious damage with their new music.

Koncept made a name for himself in the underground hip-hop trenches, but these days he’s working with hip-hop goliaths such as Ty Dolla $ign, Pharoahe Monche, Royce da 5’9” and more. With J57 on the beats, he’s preparing to drop The Fuel EP on November 20th, led off with the ultra-dope single Porcelain. I had the opportunity to chat with Kon about the project, his background in the game, his new label, and his skills on the one’s and two’s. Peep the Q&A below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkznY1Pvu2U


 

How did you get into hip-hop originally?

I grew up in Queens New York. My next-door neighbor was a graffiti artist, and when my parents used to go out, they’d have him watch me. He got me into drawing and writing graffiti, and he gave me the name Koncept when I was 7. What my parents didn’t know back then is that they would go out, and he would take me out writing with him sometimes. So my first time I ever went out writing I was like seven years old. At age 11 I got my first turntables, which I still have – and still use. You know, I always liked writing. I wrote short stories and poetry. I used to freestyle for fun. I’d have a microphone that I plugged into my mixer, and I’d freestyle for fun when I was hanging out with friends and stuff like that; but, then when I started to write raps it was like I instantly fell in love. I got hooked and stopped doing everything else.

I read before that you DJ. You don’t call yourself a DJ, but you have tables, you’ve had them for a long time, and you’re probably pretty good.

[laughs] I used to watch DMC tapes, all the Scratch DVD’s and the Beat Junkies DVD; I loved scratching, like Q-Bert and all that. It’s funny, I was in my parent’s house about a week ago, and I was looking through some old stuff and I found some old CDs and cassette tapes. I was listening to some things that I did – and I was like, “This shit is dope!” [Laughing]. I was like, “Maybe I should start scratching on my stuff some more.”

I mean, look at Lord Finesse, he almost exclusively DJ’s and produces now.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Do you see yourself doing something like that in the future?

No, I don’t think that I’ll ever do that. I have been thinking about doing some things — like maybe at shows in the middle of a set I’ll just sort of stop and then go behind the turntables and start scratching and cutting up records. Just do it as a surprise, you know what I mean? Because again, a lot of people don’t know about it so I think that would be something cool to add to the shows.

You could start the set like that. Be the warm-up DJ, and then you just come out, no one would expect it at all.

Yeah, exactly.

So maybe talk a little bit about Brownbag All-Stars. How did you get involved in the group?

I think it was 2007. As a DJ, I’ve always bought records at Fat Beats, since the time that I got my turntables. One day I went in there to get some records. I walked in and J-57, who used to go by J-Logic, was playing beats in the store, and there were people rapping over them.
I jumped into the cipher and started rapping. That’s how I and J met. We started talking; we exchanged phone numbers, and he sent me some beats. We became friends, and he got me the job at Fat Beats. Working at Fat Beats, there was a bunch of other employees, and it turns out that we formed our group called Brownbag All-Stars.

That’s crazy. Tell me about the new EP and the process of putting it together.

I dropped my solo album titled, “Awaken” in 2012, alongside a handful of music videos. One day, I got an email from Red Bull. They said that they found my music and wanted to bring me on as a Red Bull artist. I thought I was pretty crazy because, at that time, Red Bull was mainly in the extreme sports world. I was like, “Wow, Red Bull! That’s insane.” So I agreed, and a couple days later I got a big box of Red Bull [laughs].

They (Red Bull) hit me up and asked me if I wanted to be in this contest where they took all the people that they had as artists, and people would vote for their favorite artist – and the winner of this contest would get studio time down in LA. I ended up winning the competition. That was at the same time that J-57 and I were already talking about working on the next album where he was going to produce it all, and it was going to be all sample-free. So when we got this opportunity, we decided to be a group like a Gang Starr. You know, like Primo and Guru or like Blu and Exile. We just wanted a project where he produces the whole thing, and I do all the vocals on it. So they flew us down to LA, and we worked on the album. The album is called, “Flight” that is going to come out in 2016. We did the album, and our aim was just to make the best music of our lives. We finished the album, and the following week we were already sitting down with major labels.

It was just a big turning point for us because we knew that we had made the best music that we’ve ever made, but we didn’t know, I guess, the extent of where it could go. So we took those meetings and all that, and then we flew back to New York, and that’s when we decided to record an EP to be the precursor to the album. So we recorded “The FuelIn that period, we had some offers from major labels and decided not to go that route and do it on our own. So that’s what we’ve been building. We’ve been building Kon 57 records for basically the last year and a half, two years. Now we’re getting ready to launch on November 20th and couldn’t be more excited about it.

The Fuel: A Conversation With Rapper Koncept

What kind of propelled your choice to not go with a major label?

You know, everything that we built has been in our control, we’ve done it on our own. We worked at Fat Beats — J worked there for 5 or 6 years, I worked there for like 3 ½, 4 years – and, you know, we built Brown Bag on our own, and we built our solo stuff on our own. We’ve done our own marketing, and done our own PR and booking. Honestly, we’ve worked almost every part of this industry. We’ve worked so hard on it, that to basically hand it over to a label and not be in full control was just something that we didn’t feel would be right and worth all this work that we’ve been putting in. So we know that it’s more work, obviously doing it on our own, but in the long run, it’s better. We’re in full control, have all rights to everything, and nobody is going to be telling us how to make the music or when to put the music out.

So is it essentially a label? 

I mean, it is a label. We’re not signing any other artists or putting any other artists on; it’s just to put our stuff out. Hopefully in the future we get to a point that we’re at that we can help other artists out and put them on but for right now it’s just for our music.

What’s your take on the current music scene in New York City?

I think that the music industry now is lot stronger than it has been in recent years. I think that everything is looking good, and there are a lot of talented artists, a lot of avenues and a lot of people that are doing the right thing for it.

Who are some of the artists that you’re checking for right now?

Joey Badass, Action Bronson… As far as New York artists. And of course, you have Fetty Wap everywhere.

Yeah, he’s everywhere.[Laughing].

He’s from the East Coast, can’t hate on that from my end. I’ll be honest: I didn’t know that he was from Jersey when I first started hearing him. [Laughing]. But it’s dope that he is.

Do you have any last words at all you’d like to share with our blog? Anything else we should be looking out for from you guys?

I mean, we’re going to have the second single coming out in the next week or two, and we have the video for that. “The Fuel EP” drops November 20th and we’re excited. You can pre-order on iTunes right now. The video for “Porcelain” is out. It just broke 100,000 views, which is insane. I can’t thank everybody enough. And yeah, we’re just excited.


Pre-order The Fuel Today! You can also check our past interview with J57.

The Fuel: A Conversation With Rapper Koncept

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